When it comes to traveling for business, while it may look glamourous from the outside looking in, it isn’t always so glamorous when it comes time to actually travel. Sometimes work travel can be met with stress of the unknown about an unfamiliar state, chaos from flights or long drives, and lack of sleep from an uncomfortable hotel bed.
Thankfully, there is a way to eliminate some of those stressors. One way to make that work trip a little easier is to use a printable calendar. Oftentimes, it is such an underutilized asset when it comes to having a successful business trip. We’ve put together some information that will help you when creating a printable calendar for your business trip, along with some extra tips that are good to know as well.
A few things you will want to do a little research on prior to your trip are:
- Weather – what will the weather conditions be like during your stay?
- Is your hotel in walking distance to your work destination and restaurants?
- Will you need to reserve a rental car?
- How much are the parking fees in that area?
- If you plan to use a cab instead to go to and from, how much is cab fare in that area?
- Does your hotel offer complimentary breakfast?
- Does your hotel have free wifi?
Now that you have a good idea of what to research prior to going on your business trip, let’s talk about using a printable calendar 2018. Filling out a printable calendar will help you go on this trip with a solid game plan. It will also help you to prepare for things you may not think about before ever leaving to go on your business trip. Things like having a neighbor or friend go by your house periodically to check on it, pet care, or making sure someone is there to pick up the mail each day.
One advantage to using a printable calendar is that you can quickly find an appointment or reminder you are searching for. With written notes, you would have to skim through pages of memos looking for that one appointment info. If you are using a printable calendar, you can just log onto it and do a quick search in the search bar for that meeting instead. Then when that meeting or appointment is over you can easily just delete it off the calendar.
Travel can be very chaotic, so having a printable calendar will help you remember to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s before you leave. A printable calendar allows you to make changes and updates that may happen before you leave for your work travel. It will help to prevent a lot of ink pen scratch outs and whiteout corrections to your calendar. You may not realize it now, but having a written calendar with a bunch of scratch outs on it can be quite confusing when you are trying to review it on the go.
Google Cloud has a great tool you can use called Calendar. It allows you to input the information for your scheduled meetings here. Using this calendar gives you the option to share your calendar with your coworkers, and it will also allow you to see your coworker’s availability. This is a handy little feature. If you need to schedule a meeting during your travel, you can just look on this Calendar to see if your coworkers back at the office are available for a webinar or conference call while you are on the go. No stopping to call the office or email your coworker. Just hop on your Calendar and take it from there.
Believe it or not, there are even a few apps that you can download to help make your business trip traveling more efficient. Speaking of apps, there are even fan sound apps. If you are a light sleeper, or need to hear the sound of a fan to sleep well, download a sleep fan app. It will make your overnight hotel stay a little bit more pleasant while you sleep that night.
Going on a business trip can be an inconvenience sometimes. It can interrupt our work week, our family time, and even our personal time. Having a good outline of what you need to do prior to the trip and while on the trip will help make it a more enjoyable experience. You will find that using a printable calendar will prove to be an invaluable feature once you are out on your business travel journey.